Nation's No. 1 center says he feels at home in Clemson


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Webb works out at The Opening Monday
Webb works out at The Opening Monday

FRISCO, TX – Clay Webb is the number one center in the country and he’s had a busy six weeks.

Before arriving in Texas for The Opening, Webb competed in the Rivals 5-star Challenge and took visits to Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and LSU.

Don’t think, however, that Webb has used the trips to be a part of a big social scene. He doesn’t work that way. Instead of wanting college coaches to give their respective recruiting pitches. Instead, he spends his time working on improving his craft.

That includes the time spent at The Opening, where he took every lesson to heart despite not being able to put on shoulder pads and a helmet.

“You're not allowed to wear pads or helmet during any summer competition if you’re from Alabama,” Webb told TigerNet Tuesday. “I know it's for safety reasons, but it really hindered me and my buddy Pierce (Quick) from being able to compete and achieve what we wanted to this week because we could only compete with one other guy. It was really disappointing.”

It didn’t stop him from learning, however.

“I've been able to see how the NFL coaches coach and I was able to take stuff from them that I've never seen before. It's definitely been an eye-opening experience,” Webb sad. “It was pretty fun just getting to do stuff, but the part I enjoyed most was just getting to hang out with the guys.”

Webb spent a few days in early June at Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s high school camp.

“It was good. I was there for camp. I got to see more of the coaches and talk to them more. I was able to talk to some of the players, too,” Webb said. “What stood out to me was just how friendly everybody is. I know Coach (Todd) Bates because he recruits my high school, so I already knew him pretty well. We just had a pretty good conversation about what's right for me.

“I went up there to camp and I got to hang out with coach Swinney and coach (Robbie) Caldwell. I like those guys and I really like how coach Swinney interacts with his players. That stood out to me. I like Coach Caldwell, he reminds me of another coach I have.”

Webb says he isn’t ready to name any leaders and isn’t sure if he will make the All-In Cookout. Now that he will have a few weeks off to think about his summer visits, he might come up with a list of leaders.

“They're definitely in it,” Webb said of Clemson. “I'm not sure when I'll make it back to Clemson, but I'll have to check my schedule.”

What stands out about the Tigers?

“Just familiarity. It feels really nice there,” he said. “It feels like home. It feels like I know most of the coaches and some of the players. I like Coach Caldwell a lot. He reminds me a lot of some of the coaches I have.”

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